Knitting community furious at U.S. Olympic Committee

Millions of knitters are angry with the U.S. Olympic Committee, which tried to say it was sorry for insulting them but failed to stick the landing.

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Millions of knitting enthusiasts are furious at the U.S. Olympic Committee over a cease and desist letter, and the organization’s two attempts at an apology have only worsened the situation.

Here’s the play by play (with the apologies that angered so many knitters):

Ravelry, a social network of knitting enthusiasts, planned to hold its “Ravelympics” this summer—with competitions such as an “afghan marathon”—to coincide with the London games.

The USOC noticed and sent the group a cease and desist letter, because the term “Olympics” and anything resembling are protected by a copyright. Knitting blogs, as well as Gawker, posted the USOC’s letter in full. Here’s an excerpt:

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